Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Knock, knock

Luke 12:36 - 38
Jesus said:‘Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.’

So often we have God wrong; even when we have convinced ourselves that he is really not the nasty judgemental God from our early days; even when we accept that God is about Love; we still don't know the half of it.

The scenario in this Gospel is ridiculous; the servants alert and attentive when the master comes are more likely to find themselves thrown into a frenzy of feeding, bathing and banking up fires. For when a master arrives home in the middle of the night you would not expect to find him at his most sociable.

But this is not God. God finding us at our posts, ready and waiting, is so overcome that he willingly and thankfully, serves us; puts us before himself; treats us as we were ready to treat others. And this is not about Judgement Day - this is every day of our lives. Every day we accept our responsibilities as Christians, God comes to our door and offers himself to us; to do for us what we try to do for others.

Our God is crazy - crazy with Love.


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